Spencer-Thompson & Snyder Earn All-American Honors

Spencer-Thompson & Snyder Earn All-American Honors, Bossong smashes 400m state best!

Cayden Spencer-Thompson of Mattanawcook closed out his storied career with two All-American finishes and a just miss in a third event during the third & fourth days of the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, NC.

Spencer-Thompson started his great finish with the triple jump on Saturday. On his first leap in the third flight he shattered his previous personal best of 48-3 3/4 with a 49-6 1/4 leap. On his next attempt Spencer-Thompson would break the 50ft barrier for the first time with a 50-0 3/4 mark. That mark didn't last long as he broke it on his on third jump with a 50-1 3/4 effort.

After the fourth flight he was in fourth place overall, and on his first jump in the finals he once again set a new personal best and state record with a 50-7 1/4 to move into third where he would stay.

It was an unbelievable series of jumps with four over 50 ft, and five jumps over the old state all-time best.

On Sunday the Lousiville bound senior returned to compete in the high jump & long jump. Cayden would clear the opening height of 6-4 1/4 on his first attempt, after a first attempt miss at 6-6 1/4 he cleared the next attempt. It was a key first attempt clearance at 6-8 1/4 that earned him All-American honors for the second time of the weekend, as he would go on to finish 6th.

In the long jump he came out firing with a 24-1 1/2 just 1/4 behind his state record mark in the event. He was unable to improve on that mark, and ended up missing the finals by 1 spot as he tied for 8th best jump but the other jumper had a second jump further than Spencer-Thompson.

He was the only jumper in the meet to compete in all three championship jumps, earning All-American in two and just missing in the third.

In the pole vault Class A state champion & record holder Travis Snyder vaulted his way to All-American honors with a third place finish. Snyder opened his competition with 15-1 1/2 clearance, and cleared the next bar 15-7 1/4 on his first as well. The first miss of the meet came with the bar raised to 16-1 1/4, but Travis was able to navigate the height on his second attempt. After two misses at 16-5 1/4, the University of Connecticut bound senior cleared the bar to assure himself a top three finish. The clearance at 16-5 1/4 is the second best in his his storied career.

On the track Cheverus sprint standout Victoria Bossong was electric once again. On Saturday in the Emerging Elite 200m, she clocked a personal best 24.54 to finish 15th out of 40 athletes.

Bossong saved her best for last, running in the Championship 400m unseeded sections, she won section three in a personal best & state best 53.81. In the process she shattered her previous state all-time best of 55.33.

Speaking with her coach Andrew Rose on Friday, he said "The goal was to run in the 53's at the beginning of season."

Bossong headed the words of her coach, and delivered her best performance to date. While there were four more sections run after her including the seeded races, Bossong finished 8th overall just a half a second off an All-American finish.

Also competing on Sunday was the Bonny Eagle girls DMR as they finished in a time of 13:08.45 to place 33rd overall.